I have a picture on my desk of two Adirondack chairs overlooking a beautiful lake surrounded by enormous mountains. When my own circumstances are less than appealing to consider, I look at this picture and imagine myself sitting in one of those chairs, staring out at the water and the mountains beyond. I call it my happy place. A Lamaze instructor once encouraged me to find my"happy place" while I was in labor. She was an idiot. But while a happy place was unable to take my mind off of mind-numbing labor pains and the inevitability of a huge head pushing it's way out of my body, it is quite effective at providing me with a mental vacation now and again. I find this a healthy mental exercise as long as I don't try to set up permanent residence there. What about you? Where do you go when you need a peaceful place for your thoughts to sit and put their feet up?